Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Review: Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose

*****5 STARS*****

Teacher/student books are one of my weaknesses and having enjoyed Charleigh Roses's previous books, I was very much looking forward to their take on this theme which also happens to be their first full length story. I was expecting something deliciously filthy and taboo, but Misbehaved turned out to be so much more interesting, complicated and compelling than I was expecting.

Remington hasn't lived the easiest life. Her mom died when she was young, her father means well, but is never around and her stepbrother who she has relied and depended on has taken his obsession with her to unhealthily and slightly alarming measures in recent weeks. Getting the chance to attend a prestigious high school her senior year seems to be her chance to get a One way ticket out of Nevada and she plans to grab onto that chance with both hands.

Mr. James is used to having female attention directed his way, be it women or seniors in his English class. He projects an air of aloofness and nothing seems to phase him. He has no time for relationships or complications, focusing only on his sisters death and his need to avenge the wrongs committed against her. When he needs a woman, he finds an uncomplicated one-night stand. He has no plans to get involved with a student, not even one who seems wise beyond her age, especially when he uncovers a connection to his sister.

Remi shouldn't want Mr. James. She needs to focus on getting good grades and getting a scholarship to a college far away from her current life. Plus, he's a little too perceptive about her stepbrother and she definitely doesn't need anyone, especially a teacher, getting involved in her rocky home life. Plus, he's so fun to tease. She's all about trying to break through his stuffy buttoned down aloof exterior. He's also the only person she can turn to when an evening at home turns scary.

Pierce knows better. Besides the obvious moral ambiguity and the risk to his job, Remi's connection to his sister will make for a complication neither will be able to easily escape. After rescuing her, he finds himself taking risks he shouldn't and soon Pierce and Remi are in the midst of a hot and forbidden affair. There is no way this will end well for either of them, but neither seems able to stop their desires or the emotional attachments developing.

I say I loved this book would be an understatement of epic proportions. Once I begin reading I could not put it down. Teacher/student books always leave you with that feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop. You know they will be caught somehow and a story will ensue. While they are found out in a way and there is definite angst in the later part of the book, it comes from a direction that is unique and not at all what you would initially expect. I find myself a bit obsessed with Pierce and Remi and their story. There was a lot happening with them and all of the secondary characters and I hung on each word and plot point. This has made its way onto my list of top five teacher/student romances and I highly recommend it!

Remington Stringer has never been like most girls. She’s outspoken, brazen and wants nothing more than to escape the Nevadan hell hole that she calls home. 

On the brink of eighteen, with a deceased mother and a well-meaning, yet absent father, she is forced to fend for herself. The only person she’s ever had to depend on is her borderline obsessive stepbrother, Ryan. But, what used to be her anchor is quickly becoming a loose cannon. 

When Remi gets the opportunity to attend the best private school in the state during her senior year of high school, she jumps at the chance. Then she meets Mr. James. Ornery, aloof, and totally irresistible. 

Most girls would swoon in secrecy. 

Most girls would doodle his name with hearts in their notebook.

But Remi Stringer has never been like most girls.

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